Hi, I've been on the cfs fibro board for years. Been noticably sick for 13 years. Had rocky mtn spotted fever 16 yrs ago(it is a "tick" disease too). I've been researching this board all morning and taking notes afternoon as my body would allow me to sit in this chair. There is some great information here. Thanks for keeping this board informative First I'm wondering if it is normal to have trouble walking? It started last year when I was put in the hospital with heart problems(probably related to lyme). After a while I was back to walking normally. I just started having trouble walking again about 2 months ago. It's so embarassing. Sometimes I have to use a wheelchair at the store(I look healthy and young so people look at me funny of course). It's really embarassing when elderly people pass me by when I'm walking, or in the wheelchair... IF you guys can relate please let me know. Do you know waht is causing it? What can help? Infrared sauna helps tremendously, especially when I stretch in it after I've been in awhile and things are warmed up. It's like my legs just don't want to work. If I get up out of a chair and forget that I need to take it slow, I almost trip over myself and have to slow down. Going upstairs isn't as bad with the inability to move my legs well, though weakness is a problem there i can move faster. Now I just accept that when my legs don't want to work, they just don't want to work, which is most of the time these days. My cravings for sugar is through the ROOF! I read htat lyme likes sugar. Can you guys fill me in on this and tell me why it's really bad to eat sugar related to the lyme. I know it's bad from the research I've done on cfs,fibro etc... Know of anythign that will help? Is stevia safe to eat with lyme? What about "unsweetened" "dark" chocolate? What foods should I avoid, which ones can I eat? Is there a list of foods I can refer to here? I'm assuming it's probably similiar to my cfs/fibro diet. I also appear to have tapeworms really bad.. Who knows what else. I eat pretty healthily most of the time though I do eat stuff I shouldnt a little here and there. Any other advice is welcome... I will stop there. Though I have many other questions. Thanks everyone!